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“tierra negra”, meaning “black earth” in Spanish is imported hand made cookware from various South and Central American countries.
Unlike most other ceramic cookware products, tierra negra™ can be used over direct heat on the hob without the need for a diffuser.
Handmade from nothing more than clay, tierra negra™ can also be accurately described as organic. No artificial chemicals of any description are used in its production. Unlike most other ceramic ovenware it has a natural clay glaze rather than a vitreous glaze. It is this, and the particular combination of clays used in its production, that makes tierra negra™ safe to use both in the oven and over direct heat on the hob – gas, electric, Aga or ceramic.
It can also be used under the grill and in the microwave and can be washed safely in the dishwasher. Cooks love it because it retains its heat so well and enhances the flavour of the food. Its attractive black satin finish also makes it ideal for serving food on the table and even for eating from directly.
Before being used for the first time the cookware should be thoroughly cleaned with washing-up liquid and a sponge to remove any residues left after the firing process. Each piece should then be filled three-quarters full with water and placed in an oven for 30 minutes at 200¢ªC or Gas Mark 6.